Review: Waiting for Tom Hanks
Can a romcom-obssessed romantic finally experience the meet-cute she always dreamed of or will reality never compare to fiction, in this charming debut adult novel from Kerry Winfrey.
Annie is twenty-seven years old, single, and obsessed with romantic comedies (she and her mother watched them religiously, before her mom died). Her dating life is limited by the expectations she’s formed from these movies. She is not as open to new experiences as she might be, because she’s waiting for her Tom Hanks–i.e., a guy she’ll find in the perfect, meet-cute romantic comedy way. When Annie does finally meet her perfect match, it’s not quite in the way she expected, and she’s forced to reckon with the walls she’s built around herself over the years.
Waiting for Tom Hanks was the light-hearted, stereotypical and cute rom-com I expected it to be. It was a charming story filled with quirky characters and a totally predictable and welcome outcome. It was so so so cheesy but that's okay because give me all the cheese!
Our heroine Annie is a hopeless romantic with her sights set on finding her Tom Hanks style rom-com hero in real life. She’s sweet and naive and totally annoying the majority of the time, but none-the-less, she's our rom-com lead. Drew is the stereotypical "Mr. Perfect" in a roll-your-eyes, "oh yeah that would totally happen" type of way but yes, this is fiction, it's made up and it's totally acceptable. Their entire 2-week long love story played out in front of my eyes and I could totally envision this book actually turning into a movie. It does get a little repetitive at times and there are many emotional pep talks (as expected) and many references to Tom Hanks (again, as expected).
I give it a solid 3-stars because I wasn't emotionally attached to the story or its characters, but it was a fun and welcoming read!
I received this book through Penguin Random House’s First to Read in exchange for my honest review.